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Pictures of Bobbing! (not for apples)

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by realsquash, Aug 17, 2000.

  1. realsquash

    realsquash 1/2 ton status

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    Hey all, I just hacked a few pix together. I'm sorry about the quality and size, 3 pictures, each about 150K (I don't have photoshop here at work, so it's bad JPEG compression)

    The first one is my truck as it sits now with the longbox.
    The second one is removing about 18" off the rear.
    The third is removing 18" from the rear *AND* removing about 12" from the front of the bed *AND* moving the rear axle ahead 12" to match the shorter box.

    http://www.trailrunners4x4.org/users/realsquash/graphics/truck.jpg
    http://www.trailrunners4x4.org/users/realsquash/bobtruck.jpg
    http://www.trailrunners4x4.org/users/realsquash/bobtruck2.jpg

    Squash
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  2. talldogg

    talldogg 1/2 ton status

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    I say leave well enough alone. Especially if you were thinking of swapping over to the taller tires. The taller tires with a shorter WB equals less stability. A long bed with that much tire will look very intimidating. However, it would look nice with the short-bed on it, and instead of spending all the money on body work to shorten yours, look for an orignal one. And if you can't find a decent one, try US Body Source and get a brand new fiberglass one. BTW I hope you saw my apology the other day.
     
  3. realsquash

    realsquash 1/2 ton status

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    I'm not sure yet, but a shortbox is a good option. I was thinking something like a fiberglass stepside bed for better tree clearance. Your kewl in my book, don't worry about the apology, s!@$ happens, don't sweat it!

    Squash
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  4. Kyle89K5

    Kyle89K5 1/2 ton status

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    I like it. I wouldn't mind doing this to my blazer, but I don't want to get into moving the gas tank around. I'm really high on the idea of a near vert. departure angle.

    Keep up the Good work.

    BTW, cool deal on driving it back from AZ, that takes some SACK to commit with a one way airline ticket.

    Kyle
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  5. derek2002

    derek2002 1/2 ton status

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    First of all, man I think the 3rd picture looks sweet as hell... If you have the guts to hack up that perfect Arizona body, you have big balls. Its completely up to you... Itd be pretty much like a one of a kind truck, which is neat. Maybe just find a shortbox frame and box and swap the rest of your stuff over, seeing how you have so much nice sheetmetal on the AZ truck. Anyway, let us know what you decide to do and keep us posted with updates.

    Later,

    -Derek
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  6. slodawg

    slodawg 1/2 ton status

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    I say leave it long. Tall trucks look good with long wheelbases. I have seen a few trucks around here (all 2wheel drives) that put 90 or so, model stepside beds on and it looks pretty good. Probly look tough on yours. Just my opinoin but hey I could be wrong...

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  7. realsquash

    realsquash 1/2 ton status

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    My truck needs paint really bad, thanks to AZ! I'm thinking maybe I would sell the box complete and just get some new sides to whack up. I'm making the floor of the bed out of a metal "grid", like what is used on industrial metal steps. It's hard to explain to people, but imagine taking a lot of 1" wide by 8' long by 1/8" thick metal strips and welding 1"x1"x1/8" spacers between them, set of their sides.

    I'm taking a liking to the 3rd pic. I just got a line on a blazer gastank tonight, so that isn't any problem. I was going to do that anyways.

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  8. Dave A

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    My vote is for pic #3 because 1)Its not my truck, hehehe! and 2) it looks kinda like a Blazer with the top off. Come to think of it, why not just get a K5 and be done with it?:-) I did see a guy in one of the 4x mags a while back (think it was 4WD&Offroad, the truck was on the cover)that had put a pickup cab and bobbed box on a Blazer frame.
     
  9. Emmettology 101

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    Oh man!!! Leave it alone! It looks 1000 times better with a normal body!

    :)

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  10. realsquash

    realsquash 1/2 ton status

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    I saw that truck, too, even at a 4xFunFest (anyone else ever go to those?). It was orange and tan with an 80's front clip. It had 35" boggers, too (what a coincidence). I'm going for a proof-of-concept here. I still don't think i'd swap everything to another frame. Finding a frame worth using around here is pretty hard, not to mention a place to do it all. It would be nice to be able to paint the frame and everything, tho.

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  11. Canuck

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    I think pic #3 looks pretty damn good. I would have to agree that it does "almost" look like a blazer. Looks like a pretty nice neighbourhood.

    Canuck

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  12. Grim-Reaper

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    Few years back a guy there was a magazine that had on the cover a K5 that had a truck cab and a modified bed on it. Was pretty slick Would be much easier to do than hack a frame. Only need to make the rear cab mount and then on front bed mount. Move the rear bed mount and it would be a go. End up with about a 4.5-5ft bed.

    Diging it in the dirt with my K5's
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  13. realsquash

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    I've got so much stuff that i'd have to move (literally every single part) to another frame, I don't see how that would be easier on me. I'm thinking of cutting the frame off right behind the cab and replacing it with 3x6 box steel (or whatever size fits the bill). It would be a lot stronger than the stock frame and I could make it any length I wanted.

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  14. 78k5

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    Dude it looks tough, I'm just glad there are still people who can do this type of thing and not have to go to a shop and spend millions of dollars to get something "cool". Yours is definately col and the good thing is that you can appreciate it because you did it yourself.
    later
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